Police, politicians accused in Puglia mafia trials
Violence, fraud, extortion, usury, weapons charges16 January, 17:23
Charges range from violence to extortion, usury, illegal possession and use of firearms and explosions, and fraud.
Two police officers are among those accused of assisting the mafia in the case that also involves local politicians and lawyers.
Puglia's Sacra Corona Unita (United Holy Crown) is Italy's fourth and smallest mafia after the Sicilian-based Cosa Nostra, the Naples-based Camorra and the Calabrian-based 'Ndrangheta.